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The surname McKeady comes from the Irish Gaelic Mac Ceadaigh, from an ancient personal name derived from the Gaelic word "cead," meaning "hundred." This name often given to the O'Mores of Leix with whom the MacKeadys were associated. In found in Munster, the name of the Corca Laoidhe sept O Meiceidigh, has been corrupted to MacCeidigh or Mac Eidigh, and anglicized as Keady. The name has been recorded as both O'Keady and McKeddy in the Fiants of the sixteenth century.

McKeady Early Origins



The surname McKeady was first found in County Leix (Irish: Laois) formerly known as Queen's County, located in central Ireland, in Leinster Province.

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McKeady Spelling Variations


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McKeady Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKeady, McKeady, Keady, O'Keady, Keddy, O'Keddy and many more.

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McKeady Early History


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McKeady Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeady research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1635 and 1793 are included under the topic Early McKeady History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeady Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKeady Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKeady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Keady, who was naturalized in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1801; Robert Keady and his family, who settled in St. John, New Brunswick between 1833 and 1838.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Conlan abu
Motto Translation: Conlan forever.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The McKeady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeady Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 24 April 2014 at 15:25.

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